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As we’re now in the winter months the selection of veg can be a little limited, to avoid too much repetition we’ve decided to introduce a pick and mix veg bag scheme instead of the standard veg bag. You will now be able to order 9 different items from us each week buying according to weight:
- Red cabbage
- Savoy cabbage
Sourced predominately from Cuttlefords Veg Farm near Congleton or, if they don’t grow it elsewhere in the UK. Cuttlefords vegetables are incredibly fresh, having often been in the ground until a day or two before you receive your order.
Please help us support Cheshire vegetables and buy as much of your weekly veg from us – if you continue to spend a minimum of £5 on veg each week, it should work fine. If it proves very popular, we should be able to bring our prices down, but even as they are, we are very competitive with local supermarkets and can beat them on freshness every time!
Place your order now: http://www.food4maccdirect.co.uk/veg.html
At the end of January we were able to join in at the ‘Random Apple Company’s Wassailing’ Event in Swanscoe. We currently supply some of their delicious seasonal Elderflower Cordial and Preserves.
They produce their own Random Apple Juice from their orchards and welcome donations of local apples in return for bottles of pasteurised juice.
The event included Morris Dancers, bonfire, singing and ‘blessing’ the apple orchard for next season’s yield. We hung bread on the branches and ended the evening with a fantastic shared buffet and hot mulled ‘Random’ apple juice. The pheasant and chestnut casserole was superb.
Dressing up was optional but as you can see a great effort was made by some to enjoy the theme!
Despite the rain we all had a great time. Many thanks to Sarah for the invite.
You can see their produce at www.swanscoe.co.uk
Thanks to all our Turkey and Veg customers, a record 30 turkeys were ordered from Baileys in Knutsford this year and plenty of mince pies sampled too!
Thanks to everyone that made this happen and I hope yours looked and tasted as good as ours. We had plenty of leftovers which we turned into turkey curry, pie and salad!
Happy New Year!
Thanks to all who turned out despite the weather to meet our baker Ruth and pie-man Mark! It was great to meet so many of you and hope you enjoyed the chance to meet the faces behind your produce! A particularly big thanks to Ruth from Langley Loaves and Mark from Treacle Town Pies for their support and delicious samples!
Many of you know Sara from collections but I bet you didn’t know she’s a budding poet…? Here’s a little rhyme she penned to celebrate the fact that we don’t charge for our bags!
Our Veg jute bags have no 5p carrier bag charge,
Just order one today, Medium or Large.
Always lots of room for additional supplies,
A fresh loaf, delicious cake or tasty pies!
Just bring it back the next time you shop,
When it’s empty it’s easy to swap.
Always useful in the meantime when you’re out and about,
Keep it handy so you don’t get caught out!
To encourage you to spread the word about Food4MAccDirect to your friends, neighbours, colleagues and family we’re bringing back our popular ‘recommend a friend campaign’ for the month of October. For every new customer that you introduce this month (who places an order the same week as you) you’ll receive a small veg bag – completely free.
To qualify simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details once you’ve both placed an order:
- Your full name
- Friend’s name
- Friend’s email address
Thanks to everyone who volunteered or visited our Aug Treacle Market stall, we had over 50 entries to the ‘Dairy Box’ competition including a visit from John of Tiresford Yogurts.
The competition was highlighting the plight of UK Dairy Farmers with the low price they are receiving for their milk product.
Lots of youngsters said hello to ‘Dairy Dennis’. The answer we were looking for was an average 27 litres of milk a day for a dairy cow, we had entries from 8 to 333 litres! Only one person guessed correctly, Glenys from Bollington and they win a fab ‘Dairy Box’ of goodies next week from our local Producers. Well done Glenys!
We had a fantastic visit to Cloverbank Lamb Farm last week near Rode Heath. Jane and Brian who relocated to this site 11 years ago gave a great background history to their eco house and organic farming methods.
They rotate annually the grazing of their ‘Lleyn’ sheep and ‘Aberdeen Angus’ cattle on the clover rich meadows which adds flavour and aids digestion. They also home 8 donkeys which Jane said are great ‘stress busters!’ The ewes are kept for up to 4 years, each season producing 1 or 2 lambs which are utilised between 3 and 12 months old.
Part of being organic means that the livestock have plenty of open spaces to graze, no chemical drenches or fertilizers and 3 times the normal gap period following any approved antibiotic treatments before an animal can be processed.
The farm has an annual Soil Association Inspection and also is approved by the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme.
The family designed and built their eco house as ’round facing’ so they could enjoy all the different aspects including a decking area over their own pond and extensive garden adjacent to where the livestock graze. Having tracking solar panels and a wind turbine means they are 90 % energy self sufficient. They also grow the majority of their own fruit and veg and have recently added additional raised beds which were the envy of many of our green fingered visitors!
Following the talk we wandered around the beautiful gardens and pond where herons, stoats, mink and ducks all co-exist. We all then had a well deserved rest from the heat with a scrummy afternoon tea of homemade chocolate cake, Amuse cakes and scones served with Newton’s Gawsworth dairy cream and Willington Fruit Farm apple juice. Although there was no lamb on the menu there’s still plenty still to buy from at F4MD online!
We’ve bought a Hereford, well, all the edible parts at least and it’s time for you to order your cuts!
The animal was one of a herd of Hereford cows raised by Alison Davies at Happy Beef Farm near Frodsham, Cheshire. Davies has been farming since 2003 and the small herd is grass-fed in the traditional, natural way ensuring the beef is of the best quality and packed with carotenoids, vitamin E and essential minerals including potassium, iron and zinc
Jess Berry, produce sourcing manager at Food4MaccDirect explains ‘We’ve been in talks with Alison for a while now about getting some of her top quality beef. She recently contacted us to say the animal was going for slaughter and did we want to buy the resulting cuts and sell onto our foodie customers. YES was the resounding response!’
The Food4MaccDirect/Happy Beef Offer
- All orders must be received and paid for in advance – deadline 2nd August
- Beef will arrive into our Gilchrist Avenue Hub on 6th August and will be available for collection that evening or Friday morning
- All fresh beef supplied vacuum packed
- Burgers & minced beef will be supplied frozen
- Full details and prices are available on the website: http://www.food4maccdirect.co.uk/beef.html